Polymethyl methacrylate ® (PMMA) belongs to a family of synthetic polymers. It is better known as acrylic and is sold under brand names such as Akrylon®, Altuglas®, Lucite®, Perspex®, Plazcryl®, Plexiglas®, Oroglas®, Polycasa Acryl® and Polycasa XT®.
PMMA is a tough, highly transparent material with excellent resistance to ultraviolet radiation and weathering. It can be coloured, moulded, cut, drilled, and formed. These properties make it ideal for many applications including airplane windshields, skylights, automobile taillights, and outdoor signs.
Like all plastics, acrylics are polymers. The word polymer comes from the Greek words poly, meaning many, and meros, meaning a part. A polymer, therefore, is a material made up of many molecules, or parts, linked together like a chain. Polymers may have hundreds, or even thousands, of molecules linked together. More importantly, a polymer is a material that has properties entirely different than its component parts.